County-wide ash tree removal underway due to insect infestation

Howard County's Department of Public Works has begun removing ash trees along roadways throughout Columbia, Ellicott City, Elkridge, Jessup, Laurel and Woodbine following an emerald ash borer insect infestation.

County officials said all removals are expected to be completed by the end of winter. While some trees will be replaced by next spring or fall, the county will be not removing any trees on private property.

Tree removal will take place on the following roadways:

Columbia: Black Rock Court; Clocktower Lane; Cradlerock Way; Currycomb Court; Darting Bird Lane; Deep Smoke; Early Spring Way; Empty Song Road; Fairest Dream Lane; Farewell Road; Garden Walk; Gerwig Lane; Golden Star Place; Governor Warfield Parkway; Grape Wine Court; Hidden Clearing; Indigo Court; Jeweled Hand Circle; Launcelot Lane; Little Bath Path; Little Patuxent Parkway; Many Mile Mews; Morningmist Lane; Netherstone Court; Nightsong Lane; Oaken Door; Oakland Mills Road; Old Romance Row; Polished Stone; Pyramid Way; Quarterstaff Road; Red Apple Lane; Red Lake Court; Sandrope Court; Skyrock Court; Slipper Court; Summer Cloud Way; Sunfall Court; Swansfield Court; Sweet Grass Ridge; Tall Window Way; Thunder Hill Road; Twilight Court; White Spring Way and Windharp Way.

Ellicott City: Bright Rocket Way; Century Drive; Lilac Lane; Middle Meadow Road and Widdup Court

Elkridge: Euclid Avenue and Rowanberry Drive

Jessup: Camerado Court and Vollmerhausen Road

Laurel: Cardinal Forest Circle; Humming Bird Court; Sandy Stream Lane; Splashing Brook Court and Spring Branch Court

Woodbine: Farm View Court

To spot an infested tree, county officials said to look for discolored leaves, shoot growths known as water sprouts and holes in the bark in the shape of a D, which is where larvae emerge.

Residents can contact Maryland Department of Agriculture at 410-841-5920 if they believe a tree is infested.

Find information on the infestation at MDA's website mda.maryland.gov/plants-pests/Pages/eab.aspx.

For questions, contact Lisa Brightwell, public works customer service, at 410-313-3440 or publicworks@howardcountymd.gov.

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